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2021 U.S Large SUV Sales Figures (With Rankings)

Sales Figures & Rankings for Large SUVs Sold in the United States

2021 Best Selling Large SUVs In the United States (All Models Ranked)

In 2021, the large SUV segment in the U.S. catered to consumers who prioritized maximum space, towing capability, and in many cases, luxury features. These vehicles are popular for larger families, those who need substantial cargo capacity, or those who often tow trailers, boats, or other heavy loads. Their robust build often comes with body-on-frame construction, making them more akin to trucks than smaller unibody SUVs or crossovers.

While the automotive market was experiencing a shift toward electrification and smaller, more efficient vehicles, there remained a strong market for traditional large SUVs in the U.S., especially among specific demographics and in certain regions. These SUVs, especially in their more luxurious trims, typically offer higher profit margins for automakers compared to smaller vehicles, making them vital for certain brands. Several key players in this segment received updates or full redesigns around this period, further invigorating the competition.

Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban: These two, closely related, have long been heavyweights in the large SUV segment. The Tahoe and its longer counterpart, the Suburban, received a full redesign in 2020, offering improved interior space, updated technology, and new suspension setups for 2021. Ford Expedition, Ford’s contender in this segment, the Expedition, offered robust towing capabilities and a spacious interior. A more luxurious version, the Expedition Max, provided even more cargo space.

Closely related to the Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon and its extended version, the Yukon XL, were positioned slightly more upscale and were available in the luxurious Denali trims. The Toyota Sequoia, while not as recently updated as some competitors, the Sequoia was known for its reliability and durability, hallmarks of the Toyota brand.

Here Are The Most Popular Large SUVs in the U.S for 2021

This data table looks at full year SUV sales volumes in the United States by model. We compare U.S market SUV model sales for the full year versus the full year last year.

Model Month Month LY Change YTD YTD LY YTD Change
Nissan Armada 1,377 817 68.54 22,815 19,638 16.18
Ford Expedition 7,559 10,052 -24.80 81,988 77,838 5.33
Toyota Sequoia 805 1,048 -23.19 8,070 7,364 9.59
Chevrolet Suburban 4,677 5,235 -10.66 85,159 33,644 153.12
Chevrolet Tahoe 10,294 11,064 -6.96 106,019 88,237 20.15
Jeep Wagoneer 1,769 0 0.00 5,349 0 0.00
GMC Yukon 8,166 9,546 -14.46 84,243 63,442 32.79
∑ = 34,647 ∑ = 37,762 ∑ = 393,643 ∑ = 290,163

2021 New Large SUV Sales Data by Month in the U.S

This sales data table looks at monthly sales performance for the SUV segment in the United States on a month to month basis for the entire year. It includes all major SUV models sold in the U.S market and you can see that the monthly SUV sales trends clearly. Seeing the individual SUV model sales performance in this way gives you a good sense of the momentum (good or bad).